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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. 1. What can you tell me about the Confirmation Name? Some Catholics are familiar with this practice while others have never heard of it.

A. 1. The Confirmation Name is a subject of controversy. The writer of this article has never heard of the Confirmation Name until he was in his 60's. In many countries, especially the English-speaking ones, it is the local custom for a person to adopt a new name, usually the name of a saint. This action secures an additional patron saint or protector and guide.

In other countries such as Spain, France (including French Canada) and Italy, the Confirmation Name is not mentioned in the official liturgical book of the Rite of Confirmation. While some might insist on the custom, others may discourage it.

Where the practice of choosing a Confirmation Name is applied, it is believed that during the Sacrament of Baptism, the godparent chose the child's name. Now, the person who is being confirmed gets to choose his/her own name.

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